natasha (nulz) wrote in ontd_football,

FIFA Presedential election underway

EDIT: The Bladder is re-elected with 186 votes out of 203 votes cast.

The chairman of the FA, David Bernstein, called on the 208 FIFA member associations to postpone the election until another candidate stood for the presidency. However, only 17 of those delegates voted in favour of this.

In a speech to delegates before the vote, Bernstein said: "We are faced with an unsatisfactory situation. We are subject to universal criticism from governments, sponsors, media and the wider world. With this background the election has turned into one-horse race.

"In the view of the Football Association this should be avoided both for the sake of Fifa and the president itself. A coronation without an opponent provides a flawed mandate.

"I ask for a postponement to allow time for an additional candidate or candidates to stand and compete in an open and fair election. Only by so doing will the winner have proper credibility over the next four years."

The election us taking place in Zurich and Sepp Blatter is expected to be re-elected, unopposed, for a fourth term. A secret ballot is currently underway, and so far, no one has refused to go into the voting booth. At least 50% of the 208 delegates must cast their vote for the election to be deemed valid.


Well, we all knew this would happen. I am glad Bernstein stood up and gave a speech about this but I don't think I'm alone in saying it's too little, too late.

You can follow the election as it happens here. Because there might just be a last minute shock result.
Tags: fifa, fml, goodbye cruel world, politics infiltrating football, would not hit with stick

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